Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with Phylicia Masonheimer)

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Welcome to our seventh day of fun in my 12th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! If you’re just joining in, be sure to start at Day 1 here.

I’m so happy to introduce you to a newer friend of mine, Phylicia Masonheimer, who is an author and theology geek who just happens to live in my home state of Michigan. (Did ya know our state is America’s high five?) I first found Phylicia on Instagram and I love following her. She is a wealth of information on all things theology, with some other fun home and family topics thrown in.

But before we get to the prize she is offering, here is today’s tip for the season.

Day 7: Our favorite holiday books for kids

Each year, we keep all of our Christmas books in an antique desk drawer on our hearth that serves as a basket. Then, these books can be read to any kids who are over.

The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

My friend Lori wrote this whimsical story that has become a Christmas classic.

One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish.

Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Now will she share what she has learned?

Vibrant illustrations by Richard Cowdrey bring to life a timeless tale by Lori Walburg, a story that will help families celebrate the mystery and miracle of Christmas?for many Christmases to come.

The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy  by Ezra Jack Keats

A sweet book based on the classic song. A procession travels to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the Christ child. A little boy comes along but he is unable to afford a gift suitable for the king. What can he give the newborn baby? Vivid and gorgeous illustrations make this story come alive. Music for the song appears at the back of the book.

The Night Tree  by Eve Bunting

Our kids loved this book and I have given it as a gift several times. It tells the tale of how, by moonlight in the quiet forest, a young boy and his family decorate their favorite tree with popcorn, apples, tangerines, and sunflower-seed balls as a gift for the animals of the woods. This book is beautifully illustrated and your kids will want to go out to the forest to find and decorate their own night tree.

The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

In this timeless bestseller, readers experience the tender love God has for those who feel alone and different. Joshua was a lamb with a crippled leg who felt left out because he couldn’t run and play like the other lambs. But God had a very special plan for Joshua’s life, as He does for all who feel alone. Readers can expect a gentle tug on their hearts as the little lamb’s prayers are answered in an amazing way. Original oil-painting illustrations capture the beauty and warmth of this endearing story.

Merry Christmas, Curious George by Margaret and H.A. Rey

It’s Christmastime! And that mischievous monkey Curious George has just the spirit for it. He can’t wait to help his best friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat, pick out a Christmas tree. But as usual, George’s antics get in the way. Hiding in a tree’s branches, he finds himself delivered to the local children’s hospital, where he cheers up the children and also gets to meet a jolly man in a bright red suit.

The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs

Liz is a dear friend and a prolific author. I love her four seasonal parables for kids. This one is for winter. The Pine Tree Parable tells the heartwarming tale of a farmer and his family who nurture tiny seedlings into fragrant Christmas trees.

When the trees are tall enough to offer to their neighbors, the farmer’s wife plans to keep the most beautiful pine tree for her family, until one snowy December night when a child teaches her the true meaning of Christmas.

Day 7 Giveaway

My guest today is Phylicia Masonheimer. She’s giving away a copy of her Safe to Feel: A 30 Day Devotional for Women Who Struggle with Affection, along with a $15 Amazon gift card.

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Giveaway rules are listed below. Enjoy!

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Phylicia Masonheimer teaches Christian women how to know what they believe and live it boldly. She is a blogger, podcast host, and speaker. Her writing focuses on discerning truth in culture and letting that truth draw us nearer to God. Phylicia lives in northern Michigan with her husband and children. Connect with Phylicia at


12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Rules

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Do you have a favorite Christmas book. If not, how about the Christmas song you love the most?

Let us know in the comments and you’ll be entered in today’s giveaway. Remember, if you want to enter to win the grand prize, you must comment on and share all twelve days.

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Day 1 with Candace Cameron Bure

Day 2 with Alena Pitts

Day 3 with Jackie Drew/RadJoy

Day 4 with Courtney Joseph

Day 5 with Trillia Newbell

Day 6 with Ruth Chou Simons

Day 8 with Jada Edwards

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  1. One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Mary Do You Know” because it describes what Christmas is about and also about Jesus.

  2. My favorite Christmas book would be The Polar Express or How the Grinch Stole Christmas! My favorite song would be Baby It’s Cold Outside!

  3. Little Blue Trucks Christmas, The Pine Tree Parable and The Tale of Three Trees are a few of our favorites .

  4. Mary did you know brings tears to my eyes each and every time I hear it, every Christmas season. The courage and strength Mary had is hard for me to imagine. What a beautiful song.

  5. It’s not a whole book but a story about Christmas in a book by Astrid Lindgren. Where Lisa, a little girl, tells about how they celebrate Christmas. I love that story. When I was a kid once a week before Christmas we would take an hr. in school where we would light candles, have cookies and milk and our teacher would read us stories. This one was my favorite story and I still read it every year.

  6. Song: The Little Drummer Boy.

    We read lots of books at Christmas and always with our kids, but a Christmas one doesn’t step out as a favorite. Maybe with grandkids….

  7. My favorite Christmas song is “Mary Did You Know” its not really restricted be a holiday song but it’s the song especially around this time of year that I am constantly listening to. It’s such an great song and it close to my heart.

  8. My favorite Christmas book is “How the grinch stole Christmas” by Dr. Suess. It’s just a fun book all around! The kids also love it!

  9. A Christmas Carol is an all time favorite book and movie but as a child I would have to say How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I love that book so much that we have Grinch Night every year on Christmas Eve. My children are now 22 and 20 and at the mention of not doing it they get very upset.

  10. Years ago I fell in love with the Mitford Series by Jan Karon. So when her Christmas book “Shepherds Abiding” came out I had to read it! Love it and I bring it out every year!!

  11. We read to our kids each year Saint Nicholas – The Real Story of the Christmas Legend, The Pine Tree Parable, and God Gave us Christmas. For adults, Two from Galilee is wonderful as well. O Holy Night is our favorite Christmas song. Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity. Merry Christmas!

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